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The Morning After: An Identity for Nebraska Football has Started to Form with 25 Point Win Over Buffalo

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I learned something yesterday.

I did not realize it is a 15 yard personal foul if a player’s helmet is pulled off by the opponent and he continues to play football. That happened to Damion Daniels yesterday in the 28-3 win over Buffalo.

Well I guess that isn’t all that I learned.

I learned that Nebraska might actually have a defense it can lean on for the rest of this 2021 season.

It is difficult, no matter the opponent, to hold a college football team to three points. It is even more impressive when that team put up 69 points the week before against Wagner.

Nice.

It’s nice when an identity is starting to develop on both sides of the ball. This defense is more physical and technically sound. It isn’t perfect and it never will be but it is good enough to win the Big 10 West.

The offense on the other hand is not quite there. And it may not even be close. Though it appears an identity is starting to emerge. Frost and his players have said that they want to be a physical running team. They want to run down hill. Well that is exactly what they have been trying to do.

It has not been successful but Frost appears to be telling his young offensive linemen that he’s going to force them to get better. In seasons past Frost would have abandoned the base running game at this point. He has stuck with it and hopefully we will see the fruit of their labors as the season progresses.

Adrian Martinez’s 71 yard run had shades of another Martinez who also played quarterback at Nebraska. Adrian finished the game with 112 rushing yards. This was the first time Buffalo allowed a 100 yard rusher in 16 games.

Going forward Nebraska should be able to lean on it’s defense as the offense matures.

This was a great win for Frost and this program. Buffalo is one of the best programs in the MAC and if it weren’t for some questionable officiating, to be kind, Nebraska could have won this game by at least two more touchdowns.

If the final score read 42-3 then some people outside of the state would have taken notice. But alas that didn’t happen so Frost and the players will have to sit on a 28-3 win over the Bulls.

If Nebraska wants to continue to lean on this defense it is going to have a difficult time when they go up against one of the best offenses in the country next week in Oklahoma. It is another test for this program. We will see how things stand up in the end.



The Morning After

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Sherman: Nebraska shouldn't shrug off imperfect win vs. Buffalo, even with Oklahoma looming – The Athletic
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Kind of like the game itself.

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Here are the grades for Saturday’s win:

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What were the take aways from the game? We examine:

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